6 Nov 2016

Husky Loops: A Chat With London-via-Italy's Post-Punk Experimentalists

Husky Loops are a post-punk band that are fast becoming London's most exciting prospect. Last month they turned heads with their newest track Fighting Myself, which combined thundering post-punk with industrial darkness. Their sound draws parallels to everyone you might want beamed into your ears; think a more accessible This Heat, a more immediate Modern English, a Joy Division capable of turning internal turmoil into sonic thunderstorm. It's hard to pin down the band's sound, but where utopia meets dystopia; where discord meets melody; where pain meets beauty; that's Husky Loops.

A three piece of Italian musicians who've come to the gloomy city of London to further their musical ventures, Husky Loops are everything you've been craving. Noisy and dangerous, but danceable and musically interesting, they're everything we need right now. Fascinated by their first couple of singles, I sent a few questions in the way of their frontman Danio, about everything and anything that crossed my mind.
Hiya Danio, could you tell me about the beginnings of the band? How long have you been playing together?
We started jamming together with a band idea in mind 3 years ago. Husky Loops is 2 years old. It’s a big chubby baby.

You're Italians living in London; do you feel this gives you a different outlook on the city to most London bands? 
Being Italian musicians in London means complaining about the quality of the food in the rider. Sort it out, UK. It’s not hard to cook. It’s 2016. Please.

What's it like to be an upcoming band in the city?
Being an upcoming band in London is tough, there are a lot of bands, the city is very expensive, but it’s fun and we like the challenge. Being in a band in general is hard. It’s great, but it’s like living in a marriage.

What's the track Fighting Myself about? It sounds very claustrophobic and urban
Like many of our songs “Fighting Myself” doesn’t really have one single meaning, when I write lyrics I have a lot of things going on in my head, I think it’s up to the listener to interpret the song.
I personally feel it’s about struggle, anxiety, laziness and the irony behind everyday simple actions.

Your arrangements are quite unconventional for a guitar band. How do you think this adds to the music?
Thank you for saying that, I take it as a compliment. I don’t personally think our arrangements are unconventional, or at least we don’t force ourselves to make them unconventional. We just create the music we want to listen to. We translate our ideas on our instruments, the music you hear is performed by the three of us playing live in a room, it’s quite simple really.

I think too many guitar bands feel like they’re just guitar bands. The term “guitar band" automatically sets so many restrictions, you end up playing like 50 other artists and you start arranging your songs in a certain way.

I feel like “rock music” - if this is what we want to call it - should be way more imaginative. There is so much you can do with a guitar and a drum kit still, and you can be creative in so many different ways. Rock music should be about innovation and change, it should sound fresh and inspiring. This is what the great guitar bands of the past did to me; they made me feel artistically free and great. There is no change in playing the same thing over and over again, right?

Are there any bands from your native Italy you think we should know about?
Speaking for myself, I think everyone should know about Lucio Battisti. his voice is just so unique, he's an amazing songwriter. Anima Latina by Lucio, that is probably my favorite album of the 70s right now. Tommaso and Pietro would probably tell you to listen to Calibro 35, Goblin and Gaznevada. Come to mine and we can have a deep chat about Italian music some time. It will be us, a bottle of wine and a record player.

What other music are you really enjoying at the moment?
Hip-hop, I’m obsessed by rhythms and groove. To me all the best stuff is coming from the hip hop world right now, unfortunately I can’t find something as interesting as hip hop in the bands scenario. I feel positive though!

Off the top of your head, 10 favorite records you love.
I can give you one that's worth 10: Pet Sounds.

Husky Loops play The Great Escape First 50, November 24 at Kamio, Shoreditch.

(Words: Cal Cashin)